The Washington Demon baseball team puts their perfect 3-0 record on the line tonight when they travel to Keokuk for the first conference double header.
Washington had more than a week off to prepare for Clear Creek Amana last week because of the weather, and expressed their frustration with a 10-0 win.
They have a team batting average of .338 and 20 RBI’s, led by Jacob Green who is a team third best .556 and a team best eight RBI’s.
Pitching wise they have a combined .37 ERA and have held opponents to a .079 batting average. Elijah Wood is a perfect 2-0 through two starts and 7 1/3 innings with a zero ERA and 10 strikeouts.
Keokuk is 3-5 this year, with a team batting average of .263 and 49 strikeouts. They allowed 11 runs against Highland before winning 16-11 to start the season and have gone 2-3 in the last five.
Brandt Ames leads the team in batting average with a .391 and has five RBI’s. On the pitching side, Keokuk has thrown 11 different arms that has a combined 9.12 ERA 45 walks to 46 strikeouts and opponents have a .253 batting average off of them.
Head coach Nathan Miller said Conference games make teams shift to a new gear.
“It doesn’t matter if we are playing Keokuk, or Mt. Pleasant or Fairfield or Ft. Madison, we have to have the exact same mindset every day, and the kids’ motivation this year is to go get it, that you have to go and earn everything, so we’ve been breaking out of the break each time with get it, and I love it, because that just puts their focus in the right place that you can’t just assume good things are going to happen, you have to go get it,” Miller said.”
Washington play’s Keokuk tonight at Keokuk starting at 5:30.